8th grade students experience careers


EATON — Recently Preble County 8th grade students had the opportunity to choose four career areas of interest from the 16 national career clusters and to actually meet with professionals in those careers during Career Day at the Preble County Fairgrounds.

Some of the stations included students putting on personal protective equipment and welding, while others had the opportunity to develop marketing advertisements needed to sell a home. Other stations included operating robots, climbing into a semi-tractor and trailer, and even observing a large piece of equipment used to spray crop fields.

Students from Eaton, National Trail, Preble Shawnee, Tri-County North, and Twin Valley South were also able to participate in healthcare demonstrations of CPR and the Stop-The-Bleed program, observe law and public safety equipment, experience careers in finance and human services, as well as many of the construction trades.

Harold Niehaus, Preble County ESC Career Connections Director, helped to coordinate the event for the 470-plus 8th graders. Niehaus shared that the students reviewed the activity through a follow-up survey and said, “The stations taught you that the things you like to do… can be your career” and “I enjoyed how nice and helpful the people at the event were.” Edison State supplied cinch bags for all students to collect their career information and hands-on products that they were able to produce at various stations.

The businesses helping make this event a great success were: Co-Alliance, Preble County Soil and Water District, Dayton Ohio Area Electrical JATC, Ohio Valley Association of Builders and Contractors, Iron Workers 290, Sheet Metal Workers Local 24, Shook Construction, Preble County Historical Society, Preble County Arts Association, Heeter Insurance, Miami Valley CTC, Edison State, Prime Lending, 3 Rivers Credit Union, government officials Commissioner Rachael Vonderhaar and Judge Jenifer Overmeyer, and the Kettering Health Network.

Other presenting participants included: Preble County Sheriff’s Department, Eaton Police Department, Dayton Region Manufactures Association, Coldwell Banker Realty, SVG Motors, Eaton Fire and EMS, Lewisburg Container of Pratt Industries, ABF Freight, Preble County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Preble County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Preble County Mental Health and Recovery Board, and the Preble County Council on Aging.

“Overall, this event was a tremendous success as students learned about the many career options in Preble County and how they can apply their schoolwork to their future career choices,” Niehaus said.

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